Alternative Spring Break

Nicaragua (Scholars' Electives)


Community Partner



Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption and Production

*Taken from: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

February 17 – 24, 2018

Number of Participants

12 student participants
1 student team leader
2 staff/faculty team leaders


ASB Scholars’ Electives will serve with and complete a number of activities with the Nicaraguan partners of Companeros during Reading Week. The group will learn about and take part in coffee farming practices and techniques, learn from youth affected by the coffee industry and connect with youth on a media project.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:


Cost: $2700 CAD (cost subject to change)

Trip Cost covers:

Medical Precautions

Participants must visit their family doctor or a travel clinic to ensure that their immunizations are up to date, and that there are no health concerns for travel. The cost of medical precautions is not included in ASB fees, and is the responsibility of the participant.

Sample Day

7:00 am:


7:30 am:

Travel to community organization


Service with organization

4:00-4:30 pm:

Return to hostel

4:30-6:00 pm:

Rest, relax, free time

6:00-7:00 pm:



Team Reflection

8:30-9:30 pm:

Social Activity/Recreation

10:00 pm:

Return to hostel


Participants will be staying in a hostel vetted by Companeros.


Participants will eat a mix of meals prepared by on-site staff and approved restaurants selected by Companeros. Food will be locally-inspired, and include a variety of rice, beans, vegetables, and meats.